On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the public meeting of the Regina Board of Education, the following points relating to the Provincial Budget were read out by the Director of Education.
- On March 22, 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan released the 2017-2018 Provincial Budget.
- The Regina Board of Education and the senior administration of Regina Public Schools are currently working to determine the implications of the provincial budget on School Division operations.
- This is what Regina Public Schools knows about the Government of Saskatchewan’s 2017-2018 Budget as it relates to education:
- The Government of Saskatchewan’s 2017-2018 Budget reported a 1.2% ($22 million) decrease to school division operational funding. This percentage, however, is based on the Provincial Government’s fiscal year, which is April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.
- The fiscal year for school boards, however, is different; it is September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2018. The operating funding decrease for school divisions’ fiscal year is 2.9% ($54.2 million).
- In January, 2017, the Report on the Review of the Education PreK-12 Funding Distribution Model was completed. The Government’s implementation of the recommendations contained in this report will reduce net funding to Regina Public Schools by approximately $2.5 million which serves to compound the impact of the general decrease in operational funding support.
- These funding reductions come in a year that Regina Public Schools is expecting an overall enrolment growth of 575 new students and is anticipating the opening of three new joint-use schools and two rebuilt schools.
- The estimated gap between funding recognition and projected expenses for 2017-2018 totals approximately $9.5 million for Regina Public Schools.
- The Government of Saskatchewan has provided significant capital funding for the three new joint-use schools and the two rebuilds (École Connaught and Scott Collegiate at Mâmawêyatitân Centre), all of which are scheduled to open in September, 2017.
- The Government of Saskatchewan has also increased funding for Preventative Maintenance and Renewal (PMR) of school division facilities.
- The Board of Regina Public Schools recognizes that this Budget will negatively impact school families and the services the School Division provides.
- Once there is a plan for the coming year, it will be shared with our school families and staff in order to provide time for any necessary adjustments.
Sent on behalf of Greg Enion, Director of Education.